Ebola

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Ebola Outbreak Now History's 2nd-Biggest

Almost 400 cases confirmed in northeast Congo

(Newser) - Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago, the World Health Organization said Thursday. WHO's emergencies chief, Dr. Peter Salama, called it a "sad toll" as Congo's health ministry announced... More »

Latest Ebola Outbreak Could Be Uncontainable

Bad news from CDC director, other experts

(Newser) - For the first time since Ebola was identified in 1976, the disease could become a persistent presence. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield warned Monday that the new outbreak in Congo is so severe it may not be containable, the Washington Post reports. Most previous outbreaks have... More »

New Ebola Outbreak Claims 13 More Lives

Congo had just declared another outbreak over with 33 reported deaths

(Newser) - The number of confirmed cases in Congo's new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Saturday. The World Health Organization has warned that this new outbreak of the deadly virus in North Kivu province poses a particular challenge as... More »

Denver Hospital Isolates Man With Suspected Ebola

Initial tests came back negative

(Newser) - There were echoes of the 2014 Ebola scare in Denver Sunday after a man who'd been working with virus victims in the Congo suddenly became extremely ill. The man, who returned to the US a few days ago, was hospitalized and placed in isolation, as were three members of... More »

Ebola Situation Evolves in 'Concerning' Way Overnight

City of Mbandaka now reports 3 confirmed cases, a worrisome first for Congolese urban areas

(Newser) - Developments in a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken what one health official deems a "concerning" turn overnight. Per the Guardian , Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the head of the country's National Institute for Biomedical Research, says lab results have confirmed two additional cases of Ebola in Mbandaka;... More »

Ebola Outbreak Enters Worrying New Phase

First cases detected in a city in Congo

(Newser) - Congo's health minister says Ebola has spread to a city, the capital of Equateur province, a worrying shift in the new outbreak in the northwest, the AP reports. Health Minister Oly Ilunga says two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which includes Mbandaka... More »

New Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Congo

17 with signs of hemorrhagic fever have already died

(Newser) - The world has a new Ebola outbreak on its hands. The Democratic Republic of Congo declared an outbreak Monday after samples taken from two of five patients in the country's northwest province of Equateur tested positive for the Zaire strain of Ebola. More testing is underway, and NPR reports... More »

She Famously Survived Ebola, Only to Die in 'Silent Epidemic'

Salome Karwah Harris passed away in Liberia after childbirth complications

(Newser) - She became famous for surviving an Ebola outbreak, then heading back to the Liberian hospital that helped her to assist with other patients—part of what landed her among the "Ebola fighters" who won Time magazine's Person of the Year honor in 2014. But the "superpowers" Salome... More »

Ebola Vaccine 100% Effective: 'We Will Not Be Defenseless'

rVSV-ZEBOV has been fast-tracked by regulators

(Newser) - Excellent news as 2016 draws to a close: Scientists say they've created an Ebola vaccine that appears to be 100% effective. In a trial involving more than 11,000 at-risk people in Guinea, nobody given the vaccine developed the virus after a 10-day incubation period, researchers wrote in a... More »

You Could Have Ebola and Not Even Know It

Up to 25% of infections may be 'minimally symptomatic'

(Newser) - Ebola doesn't always show itself through fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. A new PLOS study finds that some people with the virus show mild or no symptoms at all—a potential concern for preventing its spread. Researchers who visited the village of Sukudu in Sierra Leone, a hot spot in... More »

Canadian Disease Employee Possibly Exposed to Ebola

He's been quarantined after his protective suit split

(Newser) - An employee at Canada's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, the AP reports. Dr. John Copps said Tuesday the employee was working with six infected pigs Monday and noticed a split in the seam of his protective suit during decontamination after... More »

Guy in Ebola Suit Rescues Skunk

Paramedic spotted distressed animal

(Newser) - Rescuing skunks isn't in paramedic Justin Mausz's job description—but he decided he had to act when he arrived at his Toronto-area workplace Sunday morning and saw one in the parking lot with a plastic cup stuck on its head. He donned full Ebola protective gear to help... More »

New Ebola-Like Disease Is Emerging

WHO tracks mysterious South Sudan fever

(Newser) - South Sudan, the world's newest country and one of its most troubled, may be home to the world's newest disease. The World Health Organization says it is closely tracking an outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever that has killed at least 10 people in the country this year... More »

WHO: Zika Is an International Emergency

World Health Organization calls mosquito-borne virus 'extraordinary event'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization announced Monday that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an "extraordinary event" that merits being declared an international emergency, the AP reports. The agency convened a closed-door emergency meeting of independent experts Monday to assess the outbreak after noting a... More »

New Ebola Death Confirmed Hours After Outbreak Declared Over

Virus claims life in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Hours after the World Health Organization declared an end to the Ebola outbreak that has plagued West Africa for some two years, officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday confirmed a new death from the virus, BBC reports. The WHO has warned, the BBC notes, that flare-ups are expected. "We... More »

With 11.3K Dead, Ebola Outbreak Is Officially Over

Liberia reaches 42-day benchmark with no new cases

(Newser) - The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over... More »

'Ebola Nurse' Sues Chris Christie

She filed $250K civil rights suit over forced quarantine

(Newser) - Chris Christie is still running for president, but the New Jersey governor's treatment of a nurse a year ago is making more headlines this week than his campaign. Nurse Kaci Hickox, who was put in mandatory quarantine in a Newark, NJ, hospital after returning from treating Ebola patients in... More »

Days After Last Sierra Leone Patient, Ebola Rises Again

New death confirmed just as country has released last patient

(Newser) - Health officials in Sierra Leone today confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently in Kambia district in the country's north came back positive for the... More »

Ebola Survivor Who Lost 21 Relatives Has Baby Boy

Victoria Yillia gives birth in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day. She delivered her child just a few minutes' walk from the ward where just last year she had hovered between life and... More »

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Could Grind Virus to a Halt

WHO trial saw zero cases among those tested with new vaccine

(Newser) - An experimental vaccine tested on thousands in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might shut down the epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a World Health Organization study out today. "If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer," said WHO director... More »

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